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Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland by SANAA

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: SANAA

Built on the campus of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), The Rolex Learn-ing Center functions as a laboratory for learning, a library and an international cultural hub for EPFL, open to both students and the public. Spread over one single fluid space of 20,000 sq meters, it provides a seamless network of services, libraries, information gathering, social spaces, spaces to study, restaurants, cafes and beautiful outdoor spaces. It is a highly inno-vative building, with gentle slopes and terraces, undulating around a series of internal „patios‟, with almost invisible supports for its complex curving roof, which required completely new me-thods of construction. The building opened this year to the students and public on the 22nd of February and was inaugurated on May 27th, 2010.

Rolex Learning Center / EPFL SANAA ©Hisao Suzuki

  • Architect: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
  • Project: Rolex Learning Center
  • Location: EPFL 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Competition: 2004
  • Construction: 2007 – 2009
  • Opening: February 22, 2010


Barceloneta in Spain by MiAS ARQUITECTES

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: MiAS ARQUITECTES

The Market in a Neighbourhood called l’Òstia

When I was a student at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB), Barceloneta was the subject of much conversation. Restaurants on the beach which later disappeared… narrow streets, cramped flats, the clothes hanging out on the balconies, the shops, the artisans’ workshops… and its people, who talked, and still talk, fast and loud.

Model (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

  • Architect: MiAS ARQUITECTES
  • Name of Project: Barceloneta
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Promoting: Barcelona City Hall, Municipal Markets Institute of Barcelona IMMB
  • Project team: MiAS ARQUITECTES – Barbara Fachada, Marta Cases, Emiliano Armani, Orlando Melo, Horacio Arias, Raul Castaño, Luis Carballeda, Carlota Martinez, Xavier Ribera, Neus Caylà, Angélica Fernández, Sonia Maia, Hélène Silvy-Leligois, Lara Lupi, Angélica Riquelme
  • Partners: Mònica Vila, Ana Moretti and José Miñarro, architects
  • Structure consulting: BOMA _Brufau, Obiol, Moya y Asociados, Josep Ramon Solé, architect
  • Photographs: © Adrià Goula
  • Images: © MiAS Arquitectes


Azienda Elettrica Ticinese Headquarters in Monte Carasso, Switzerland by Dario Franchini

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: DF


The competition had the goal to create a new representative building for AET, architecturally avant-garde and sustainable, analyzing the future need of the urban area. The project foresaw in two phases: the first with a 3 floors administrative building of 2’000 sqm and a second with a tower of 15’000 cubic meter.

Side View (Images Courtesy Dario Franchini)


  • Architect: DF – Dario Franchini
  • Name of Project: Azienda Elettrica Ticinese Headquarters
  • Location: Monte Carasso, Switzerland
  • Client: Azienda Elettrica Ticinese
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Site Area: 28’750 sqm
  • Project Area: 2’000 sqm
  • Cost: 14’000’000 $


National Museum in Oslo, Norway by Bureau SLA Loos Architects

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: Bureau SLA &Loos Architects

It would be an understatement to call the location for the new National Museum of Norway prominent. Situated close to the waterfront, in-between the city hall, the city centre and the new area of Akerbrygge, it occupies a prime position. Especially for people arriving on cruise ships, this is the vestibule of Oslo. No wonder that it’s also one of the most photographed areas in the city, judging from the photos available on Google Earth.



Kö-Bogen Düsseldorf in Germany by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Kö-Bogen, a dynamic new office and retail complex for downtown Düsseldorf, marks an important transition between urban space and landscape.  Two city blocks are joined with one continuous roof line, forming a unified space for walking, shopping and working.  The building will also create a connected space between the Schadowplatz and the Hofgarten, the central park in Düsseldorf.

Exterior Space View (Image Courtesy Archimation)

  • Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Project: Kö-Bogen Düsseldorf
  • Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Client: die developer Projektentwicklung GmbH
  • Building Address: Breite Straße 1, 40213 Düsseldorf
  • Cost Control General Contractor: Zechbau GmbH


Light Drift in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by howeler + yoon architecture

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: howeler + yoon architecture


LIGHT DRIFT is a temporary interactive lighting installation along the edge of the Schuylkill River that will draw viewers into a playful engagement with the artwork, the river’s edge, and each other. The project creates a field of lighting elements that are arrayed along the waterfront, with elements on land and in the water.

  • Architect: howeler + yoon architecture
  • Name of Project: Light Drift
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Project team: J. Meejin Yoon, Eric Höweler, Ryan Murphy, Parker Lee, Jennifer Chuong, Lauren McClellan, Man Yan Lam, Yushiro Okamoto, Kris Swick, Dan Sullivan, Jeremy Jih
  • Electronics Engineer: Mark Feldmeier
  • Year: 2010


Khwar Awqad Sustainable Community in Salalah, Oman by Klingmann Architects

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: Klingmann Architects

Klingmann Architects and Brand Consultants (KABC) uses a unique approach to creating new developments in emerging markets that will bring regions into the future while improving the economy, attracting tourists, and paying tribute to local culture and the identity of the region. This is a holistic approach focused on “inside-out branding”–  environmentally, economically, socially, and culturally sustainable development that is not a cookie-cutter copy of every other development, but is tailored to each individual region.

Sustainable Residential Community

  • Architects: Klingmann Architects
  • Project: Khwar Awqad Sustainable Community
  • Location: Salalah, Oman



Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: MVRDV

The Hall and library of the oceans

“The Living Ocean and Coast”, the theme of the 2012 International Exposition in Yeosu, South Korea, asks for a greater recognition and awareness of the oceans and marine resources, and their importance to mankind.

The Water Cube

  • YEAR: 2009


Pennsylvania State University Arboretum by Overland Partners

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: Overland Partners

The Overlook Pavilion at the Penn State Arboretum is part of Phase One of a Master Plan to develop the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, a 56-acre parcel that serves as the front door to the 365-acre Arboretum.  The Pavilion sits on the highest point of the site serving as the architectural anchor and the link between the botanical gardens and event lawn to the south and the naturalistic landscape and watershed to the north.

Night View

  • Architect: Overland Partners
  • Name of Project: Pennsylvania State University Arboretum
  • Location: State College, Pennsylvania
  • Site Area: 1,300 SF
  • Certification: LEED Silver certification pending.
  • Awards: Texas Society of Architect’s Design Award (2010)


Comprehensive School in Paris, France by Suzel Brout Architect

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: Suzel Brout

Olivier-Métra school is set on a plot surrounded by 1930s red brick HBM (habitations à bon marché / social housing; nowadays HLM: habitations à loyers modérés) and small houses with gardens, and dominated by recent major housing projects located on Belleville Hill. The aim of the project is to create a building that stands out of the heterogeneous architectural fabric.  Seeking space and light, the school sets into the urban fabric. The free volumes, federated by the use of a sole material, pre-weathered zinc, spring out and create liaisons; the vegetation penetrates into the breach; the southern light slips into the playground punctuated by a coloured floor that continues into the classrooms; facing east, the classrooms enjoy morning sun.

Image Courtesy Hervé Abbadie

  • Architects: Suzel Brout Architect
  • Project: Comprehensive School
  • Location: Paris 20, France
  • Programm: comprehensive school + apartment for administrator
  • Cost: €6 M (without taxes)
  • Surface: 3000m²


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